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Renewed dialogue to seek common ground for domestic hire from Manila

Amidst the escalating crisis of the domestic worker shortage, particularly accentuated by Sri Lanka revising its recruitment prices, Al-Jarida has gathered insights from its sources indicating the ongoing discussions between Kuwait and the Philippines.

The objective is to facilitate renewed dialogue between officials from both nations, seeking common ground. This initiative aims to pave the way for the resumption of new domestic workers from Manila arriving, strategically timed with the impending month of Ramadan, a period associated with heightened demand for domestic workers services. Sources suggest that these discussions are likely to be conducted virtually through the “Zoom” platform.

Bassam Al-Shammari, an expert in domestic labor affairs, informed Al-Jarida that Kuwaiti government entities, including the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Interior, along with the Public Authority for Manpower, are currently reviewing the Philippine request to recommence negotiations.

The preference is for virtual meetings rather than physical delegations. Al-Shammari emphasized the urgency for prompt and earnest governmental intervention to navigate the discussions initiated by Kuwait last month, which exhibited positive outcomes. However, Manila’s insistence on utilizing labor shelters established by its embassy in Kuwait remains a point of contention.

Al-Shammari cautioned against an impending labor shortage crisis in the Kuwaiti market within the next two months unless swift action is taken to eliminate obstacles hindering local recruitment offices.

These impediments currently impede their ability to fulfill their role in bringing in new workers that align with the demands and requirements of citizens.

Highlighting the significance of Filipino domestic workers, who constitute around 200,000 or 50% of the total domestic workforce in Kuwait, Al-Shammari underscored the importance of their services to both Kuwaiti and expatriate families. Reasons cited include the ease of communication, high educational levels, and familiarity with societal customs and traditions.

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